Maher: Sanders Supporters Are "Used To Getting Shit For Free"; That's Not Socialism, It's "Santa-ism"

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In the closing monologue of his HBO show Real Time Friday night, host Bill Maher addressed millennial support for socialism, but criticized that they "are ready for a little too much socialism." Maher said what they want isn't socialism, but "Santa-ism."

"Almost two-thirds of Sanders voters want free college, and free universal health coverage for no more than an extra $1,000 in taxes, even though that's not really socialism. That's Santa-ism," Maher said.

Maher educated those who are "used to getting shit for free" need to understand the "natural order of things," where you pay for things.

"And, look, no one is arguing that millennials haven't gotten a rotten deal in this economy but they've also gotten used to getting shit for free," he explained.

"If you're a millennial you may never have known the concept of paying for things that all of us used to pay for," Maher said Friday. "I'm a baby boomer; I think the natural order of things is to pay for music that I like."

"To do less than that doesn't make you a revolutionary, it makes you a person who goes to the bathroom when the check comes," he said.

MAHER: For millennials, the word socialism doesn't conjure up images of Stalin and Castro, it conjures up images of naked Danish people on a month-long paid vacation.

Millennials don't remember a threatening Soviet Union, or any Soviet Union. The only time they've had to crouch under a desk was to go down on their teacher.

So, the new generation is ready for socialism. The problem is: they may be ready for a little too much socialism.

Almost two-thirds of Sanders voters want free college, and free universal health coverage for no more than an extra $1,000 in taxes, even though that's not really socialism. That's Santa-ism.

And, look, no one is arguing that millennials haven't gotten a rotten deal in this economy but they've also gotten used to getting shit for free.

We've accepted that the new normal in America is people in their 20s or even in theirs 30s still on their parents' cell-phone plans, and healthcare plans, and mom and dad still paying the car insurance. And almost a third of them are still living at home. And if you're a millennial you may never have known the concept of paying for things that all of us used to pay for. I'm a baby boomer; I think the natural order of things is to pay for music that I like.

To do less than that doesn't make you a revolutionary, it makes you a person who goes to the bathroom when the check comes...

The point is if you add up all the free things that the under-40 crowd is used to getting from the quick jerk at work to being able to sit in Starbucks all day for the price of a scone, from music to wi-fi- to birth control-- it's not such a jarring proposition when socialism comes along and says you are entitled to free stuff. And that in turn is why there must be this proliferation of websites like Kickstarter and GoFundMe. Go fund me? Go fund yourself.


Maher and his panel discussed the end of Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign earlier in the show. Watch:

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